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Recovering from Storm Damage: Some Important Pointers

Local residents of Ijamsville, Maryland, are no strangers to unpredictable and severe weather.   As the area is prone to unexpected flooding, heavy rainfall, and even rare hurricanes with extreme wind speeds.  While many people know how to respond to severe weather when it strikes, they may not know how to deal with storm damage and cleanup in the aftermath.

The following storm restoration tips outline the best activities for homeowners to do in the aftermath of a severe storm that has caused property damage.

Examine the Damage

After a hurricane, the first thing you should do is examine the damage. You must determine what has been wrecked, what can be preserved, and what should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Damage might vary depending on the type of storm and the location of your home. Storm damage might include fallen trees, roof leaks, structural issues, high water, backed-up sewage, and electrical problems. After you’ve determined what kind of damage your property has experienced, you may begin the cleanup process.

Keep in mind to stay safe.

Many dangers lurk nearby after a storm. There is a chance that power lines near your home are down and any standing water can create a deadly situation. Tree limbs may be positioned perilously, ready to fall at any time. The depth of the floodwaters may be much greater than they appear. As a result, it’s critical to remember to be careful and take precautions. Please do not leave your home for longer than is required until storm cleanup personnel have certified it safe to do so.

Other Things to Keep in Mind

  • Join forces with your neighbors to make sure everyone is safe and clean up together.
  • Excessive driving should be avoided. Keep an eye on the driving conditions and stay away from flooded regions.
  • If you don’t want to risk flooding your sewage systems, ensure your plumbing is in good working order before flushing any toilets.
  • Pets should be kept inside.
  • Generators should be operated outside, away from windows and doors.
  • Climbing ladders and assessing roof damages should be done with extreme caution.
  • To avoid future water damage, cover leaking roofs before the next rain.
  • Remove any wet rugs or carpeting from the floor.
  • If you have water damage in your home, open the windows and turn on the fans.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contacting your insurance company is one of the most important things after a disaster. Damage to your property isn’t always restricted to your home; it can also affect your vehicles, boats, and other possessions. Before calling your insurance, make sure to photograph or videotape any damage. It may also be beneficial to list the damaged objects and property. If your insurance company is sluggish to react, don’t be afraid to leave messages or contact them through several channels. After a significant storm, insurance companies are swamped with calls; tenacity is essential.

Hire Storm Restoration Specialists

After assessing the damage, correctly documenting everything for your insurance, and remembering to put safety first, it is time to begin the clean up and repair process. Local roofing companies provide a comprehensive range of storm damage cleaning services, including wind and water cleanup. The storm restoration specialists assist you as per your needs while being environmentally conscious.

If severe weather causes significant damage to your home or company, follow these steps to begin the storm life restoration and insurance claim process. Storm damage is stressful, but knowing how to respond appropriately in the aftermath can help alleviate the tension.

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Kyle Houck

President

About the Author

Kyle Houck is the President of Eastern Exteriors, LLC.

Eastern Exteriors, LLC is a family-owned company based in Frederick, Maryland. From new roof installation and roof repairs by professional roofers to premium window installations and expert siding installation, we are a full-service exteriors and contractor roofing company. And, if storms blow your way, we’ll be there to assess and repair the damage quickly.